The Knight and the Dragon, a Legend
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...she devoted herself to her child, instructing him assiduously in such knowledge as she herself possessed. At other moments she employed her time with her fair young relatives in the occupations befitting ladies of their rank and distinction. She also held long and frequent conferences with the old seneschal; and with his assistance, administered justice when necessary among the vassals of the domain of De Hambie. Her friend and adviser, Father Ignatius, visited her occasionally; and to him she confided her sorrows, and her hopes that some fortunate circumstance would happen to prevent the fulfilment of the hateful contract she had been obliged to make. The venerable man pitied the Chatelaine from the depths of his heart; for he had no good opinion of Gaspard de Lunel, and he was grieved that so sweet a lady should be forced into an alliance so distasteful and unsuitable. The arguments brought forward by the esquire, however, as having been those used by Sir Fulk, when, in his dying agony, he was supposed to have sent the message delivered to his wife, backed by the signet-ring always worn by him, as a token of then' genuineness, precluded any deviation from these wishes, however irksome and unpalatable they might be to the afflicted widow. All the Prior could do, therefore, when she asked him if there could be no possible evasion of her extorted promise, all he could do, was to preach patience; for certainly, under the peculiar circumstances of the case, she was bound to obey her husband's last will with respect to herself and her boy. If Gaspard de Lunel himself should come forward, and of his own free will release her from her promise, then she might rest assured that no blame would be attached to her non-fulfilment of it. Again, ...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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